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For reckless creatives who take the world into their own proactive hands.

Script to Screen: How I Taught Myself to Direct

Script to Screen: How I Taught Myself to Direct

But to actually direct—something scripted no less—felt like a sham. People went to school for that. Or they had climbed the proverbial ladder to earn it.

# Read # Independent
7 min read

The Making of 'The MisEducation of Bindu, Part 2 - Rewrite Hell

The Making of 'The MisEducation of Bindu, Part 2 - Rewrite Hell

Rewrite hell, I’ve come to understand, isn’t what someone does to you, but what you do to yourself as a writer.

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5 min read

Supplemental Content Ideas So Marketing Your Film is Less Boring

Supplemental Content Ideas So Marketing Your Film is Less Boring

As indie creators, we have neither the past notoriety, the platform, or the money to rely on classic marketing styles, so we have to get more creative.

# Read # The Business of Art # Independent
5 min read

The Making of a Micro-Budget Road Movie - Part 2

The Making of a Micro-Budget Road Movie - Part 2

If you’re going to make this into a short, why not just write 85 more pages and make it a micro-budget feature?

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4 min read

You're Never Ready to Make a Movie, So Make One

You're Never Ready to Make a Movie, So Make One

Learning to trust and welcome other people's help is just another thing you'll pick up as you all struggle forward together ... You’ll all be afraid together, and you’ll all improve together along the journey.

# Read # Independent
4 min read

Nyx Horror Collective Co-Founders Celebrate Women Writing Horror in 60-Second Bites

Nyx Horror Collective Co-Founders Celebrate Women Writing Horror in 60-Second Bites

"Our philosophy is you can't know the light without first knowing the dark."

# Read # Interview # Independent
2 min read

The Making of "The MisEducation of Bindu" - Part 1

The Making of "The MisEducation of Bindu" - Part 1

It’s funny the power of saying it out loud had: “We’re going to make a feature film.” And the more we said it, the more we dared to take the next baby step. And the next.

# Read # Independent
5 min read

Just Try Not to Die

Just Try Not to Die

“'Just try not to die' is my standard advice for anyone helming a first feature. I nearly did, and I wouldn't recommend it."

# Read # The Creative Mind # Independent
5 min read

What Festival Programmers Want You to Know

What Festival Programmers Want You to Know

Festival directors and programmers are just as passionate and dedicated to films as the filmmakers themselves. But filmmakers primarily regard them as key gatekeepers in the journey of seeking and building an audience.

# Read # The Collection # Independent
5 min read

How to Cut a Really Great Reel Every Time

How to Cut a Really Great Reel Every Time

Remember that your reel isn’t the full conversation—it’s the start of one.

# Read # Independent
4 min read

The Making of a Micro-Budget Road Movie, Part 1

The Making of a Micro-Budget Road Movie, Part 1

It felt selfish and tone deaf to be scratching out a screenplay of all things while the world was falling apart.

# Read # Independent
4 min read

Author of 'The Reincarnationist Papers,' Eric Maikranz, Discusses Trusting Your Readers

Author of 'The Reincarnationist Papers,' Eric Maikranz, Discusses Trusting Your Readers

I didn’t talk about that because I was terrified that any artistic input that I might say … would end up diverting the course of this script one or two degrees from its true North and then it ends up in a deal that doesn’t get done.

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1 min read

There’s No Crowdfunding Fairy and Also Santa Has Diabetes

There’s No Crowdfunding Fairy and Also Santa Has Diabetes

We need stories, and we need stories like yours. And you must believe and trust in that to get people to donate.

# Read # Independent
6 min read

How I Hacked the YouTube Algorithm for 150k+ Views

How I Hacked the YouTube Algorithm for 150k+ Views

Despite myself being an anxious asexual woman, I wasn’t a known entity in either of my other two segment communities yet. So, I started to do research.

# Read # Independent
6 min read

Film Festival Advice (From a Recovering Wasteful Submitter)

Film Festival Advice (From a Recovering Wasteful Submitter)

Do I have key art chock-full of laurels? Sure. Do any of those laurels actually mean anything to anyone? Um … let’s move on.

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5 min read
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